21Wilberforce is pleased to announce a new three-year cohort for young adult emerging leaders called 2.2 Timothy led by 21W President, Randel Everett, and Trent Martin, 21W Advocacy and Training Coordinator. The program name refers to the Bible verse that offers Paul’s strategy for training others: knowledge and mentoring. One fellow will be selected from applicants in each of six Baptist World Alliance (BWA) regions: North America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
The purpose of the three-year program is to inform, equip and engage young adults in issues related to religious freedom, particularly within the region in which they reside. Participants will receive training intended to help them: identify their kingdom assignment; learn best practices for transformational leadership; become informed about the foundational right of religious freedom for all people; understand historic Baptist positions on religious freedom; identify communities of concern who are facing religious oppression; develop and implement strategies for defending the persecuted; and access to resources for challenging unjust laws and practices.
Applications are due May 15, 2022 and the new initiative will kick off at the BWA Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama in July of 2022, and conclude at the BWA Congress in Australia the summer of 2025. Travel costs for participants to attend each of the annual BWA conferences will be covered by 21Wilberforce.
Criteria for selection:
- between the ages of 20-29 and fluent in English
- individual of high Christian character and respected leader in their region
- willing to participate in cohort Zoom calls (monthly and as needed)
- attend annual BWA conference with costs covered (2022 in the US, 2023 in Norway, 2024 in Nigeria and 2025 in Australia)
- willing to train others and to engage their communities in issues affecting religious freedom
Send applications to Trent Martin, [email protected] by May 15, 2022.